Maharashtra Minister writes to Centre after a complaint from Raza Academy demanding a ban on screening of the movie on Prophet Muhammad

    16-Jul-2020
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Maharashtra Home Minister (HM) Anil Deshmukh has written a letter on July 15 and requested the Central Government to block the screening of the movie Muhammad: The Messenger Of God which is scheduled for digital release in India on July 21.
 
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Minister Deshmukh addressed the letter to Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. In a letter, Minister Deshmukh mentions the complaint by Raza Academy demanding a ban on the distribution of the film.
 
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In a complaint, Raza Academy said, “Ever since the news of its release has been published there has been uproar in the community and we have been receiving hundreds of calls to get the film banned as it is completely blasphemous.”
 
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Raza Academy is an organization based on Sunni Islam and highlighted in media for several controversies. Following are some of them.
 
In August 2011, Raza Academy had organized a protest in Azad Maidan located in Mumbai, that had turned into violent riots. The rioters from Raza Academy had vandalized the much-hallowed Amar Jawan memorial situated outside the Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The riots had caused approximately Rs 2.72 crores worth of damages to various public properties. About 65 people and 40 security personnel were injured in the riots.
 
In September 2012, Raza Academy had protested against the programs of Taslima Nasreen and Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri in Mumbai.
 
The Raza Academy in 2015, had issued a fatwa against acclaimed music composer AR Rahman and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi for making a film on Prophet Muhammad.
 
In January 2020, Raza Academy submitted a memorandum to the Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray demanding a resolution in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). However, CM Thackeray assured the delegation regarding the consideration of resolution against the CAA.
 
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